Vice Provost Patricia Gumport has been on the Stanford faculty since 1989. She is a professor in the School of Education and specializes in higher education research. Her graduate degrees are from Stanford in Education (PhD, MA) and Sociology (MA). Patti’s research addresses key changes in American higher education, analyzing how universities and colleges respond to pressures for change through initiatives in academic reorganization, interdisciplinarity, graduate education, faculty work, shared governance, and collaboration. Her publications include six books, most recently Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and Their Contexts (2007). She assumed the role of Vice Provost in January, 2007.